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3 Tips to Taking in the Little Moments

September 6, 2018

I can’t believe September is already here meaning the official season of fall will be here in a hot second. Although I may not be ready for the cold, I’m loving the transition into light layers. Cardigans and kimonos are among some of my favourite layering pieces. It doesn’t take much to make a great outfit when you’ve got stand out outwear.  Since floral is here to stay for the fall, I’m really enjoying incorporating it into my fall outfits. Even though you won’t find much green in my closet, I’m really digging the green shade of this kimono as it pairs so perfectly with an array of fall colours.

With the change of seasons upon us, I recently had to take a second to soak up that we are infact on the last leg of 2018. This year has completely flown by, especially the summer. Taking a step back allowed me to reflect on all the amazing things that have happened this year and truly appreciate them. The following are my 3 tips to taking time to take in the little moments in life.

  1. Take Time to Reflect- Although this may be an obvious answer, I know I’m at fault for not doing it all the time. Taking the time to take in little moments that are happening and just really enjoy or reflecting on special ones that have passed is so truly important. It really allows you to appreciate life.
  2. Me Time- Yes, time for just you! No one is too busy that they can’t take at least a solid 20 minutes to have time to themselves. If you don’t take care of number one, it could affect not only you but your loved ones around you. Listen to your body. If it is telling you to slow down, it’s not just doing that for fun, it truly means something.
  3. You Don’t Always Have to Say Yes- I am the worst for this. I get some serious FOMO when someone asks me to do something and I say no. Although it has been taking some time to learn to say no, when you do it feels amazing. Don’t wear yourself thin just to be at every social gathering and activity there is. Before you know it you’ll be burnt out.

xxsare

 

 

 

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Weekend Road Trip in the Ford Explorer

July 8, 2018

Sweet summer heat and hitting the road on another adventure–two of my favourite things that go hand in hand. Usually my summer road trips consist of heading out west to the mountains but last weekend for Canada Day long weekend, Kyle and I decided to switch things up and head to Winnipeg. A city that quite honestly is a cute little gem (with the most tasty food) only 6 hours from Regina was a sweet little escape before the few weekends of planning and coordinating we have left until our July wedding.

Hitting the road for multiple hours, it became obvious quick that our vehicle would end up being somewhat of a temporary home for the next few days. We had the privilege to take a Ford Explorer as our transportation of choice for the weekend. And let me tell you, it was one amazing ride for our adventure (but more on that later)! While in Winnipeg we tried to fit in the most we could in our short time there. 3 of our favourite stops included the following…

1. Favourite Spot to Relax: Thermea

This Nordic themed spa was the perfect end to our trip. A variety of sauna, steam rooms and pools helped us de-stress and feeling rejuvenated for the week ahead.

2. Favourite Dinner Spot: La Carnita

I’d been to La Carnita while living in Toronto but I had honestly forgot how much I loved it. They had lots of interesting options for meat lovers and vegetarians alike. Set in an old bank, the space was super neat too.

3. Favourite Adventure Spot: The Forks

We spent our Canada day at The Forks. Lots of vendors, food places and a great view over the water was the perfect way to spend the day. We did wander a bit in the area but I feel as though there was still so much to explore.

So how does fashion tie into our weekend with the Ford Explorer?  Well, when it comes to my style, there are a few things I always like to keep in mind–it the garment stylish and is it comfortable. These qualities remain true even more so when choosing a vehicle. The Ford Explorer design is beautifully crafted. Double sunroofs, the perfect pearl coloured exterior and sleek console system. One thing I can’t stop raving about (and seriously miss now that I’m back in my own vehicle) the comfort and safety level in this thing. I loved the many safety assist features this vehicle provided when changing lanes and slowing down when getting to close to a vehicle driving on cruise control.  On another note, the three rows of seats was great! It was just Kyle and I and very little luggage on the way there but after stopping at IKEA, you know we needed the trunk room. The back rows so easily folded with the click of a button. It was so nice not fiddling with leavers trying to get the seats to go down. I’m definitely going to miss this vehicle on our next road trip…but it’s sure to be at the top of my wish list when thinking about my next vehicle purchase.

xxsare

My Whole 30 Experience

April 3, 2018

In just 30 days, Whole 30 promises to not only leave you with a refreshed palette but also a new way to think about what you eat. The simple steps? Cutting out dairy, grains, sugar and alcohol.

Back in February Kyle and I did Whole 30. And although the experience was no easy feat, I did learn a few valuable things along the way.

Going cold turkey on your regular eating routine is not as easy as it may sound.  For the first few days I felt great–I had lots of people encouraging me and the change of food did not phase me.  However by the end of the week, all of my meals started to seem as though they were tasteless. I was ready to give up. Pushing forward into the next week, Kyle and I found new recipes and adapted our current favourite recipes to better suit our tasting.  After that, things started to get a bit simpler.  But one thing that was key to the continuing of the process was to never leave the house without snacks.

You never know when a random craving will set it.  And it is not so easy to sneak off for lunch to just pick something up when you need to read every ingredient that is in your meal.  I know, it sounds a tad bit hard core but it was all part of the process.  Some of my favourite snacks include: dried apricots, almonds and blueberry bowls (a combination of blueberries, coconut cream and cinnamon).

Going into Whole 30, I knew I needed a reset in my diet.  It was after the holidays and all I’d eaten for the past couple months was what I want whenever I want.  My mood was more sluggish and I could see my diet reflecting in my everyday. After 30 days of eating whole foods, I could see a dramatic boost in my energy.  The continual bloating I always had was gone.  But now that I could eat whatever I wanted again, what were going to be the next steps? Was I going to throw away this progress?

Having Kyle as my support was so key at this point.  We decided together that we would make a plan moving forward that with our eating habits, we’d eat what was good for our bodies.  That doesn’t mean we now don’t have a glass of wine on weekends or indulge in a dessert on birthdays. This just means we do things in moderation.  After Whole 30 was complete, we slowly started to introduce things back into our diet.  We found out what made us feel good and what left us feeling not so good.

I would recommend doing Whole 30 for anyone that is looking for a restart in their diet.  Some key things I would suggest are 1) finding someone you can do it with/be your support when you are ready to quit, 2) do it for the right reasons and 3) plan your meals ahead. Whole 30 is not a diet to drop a bunch of pounds, its a change in your eating mindset.

If you have any further questions about my Whole 30 process, please feel free to leave a comment below or email me.

xxsare